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About Masterton District Council

Masterton District Council is the northernmost council in the Wellington region. Our purpose is to enable democratic local decision-making in the local community and meet the current and future needs for good-quality infrastructure, community wellbeing, local public services and performance of regulatory functions in a cost-effective way.

It means we set the strategic direction for the district in partnership with the local community, determine services that Council needs to undertake and manage networks and community infrastructure such as roads, water supply and waste management.

Our Council is made up of eleven elected representatives. We also have two iwi representatives who sit on council subcommittees.

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Media releases

Ballot box hitting the road for final vote push

Masterton District Council is putting a ballot box on the road on Friday (11 October) to enable voters around the district to drop their votes in without having to go to the Council office.

It’s time to talk about traffic speeds

Masterton District Council is starting a conversation with residents about traffic speeds in and around Masterton, as the first stage of a review of speed limits.

Town Hall options released

Masterton District Council has released details, including ballpark costs, of options for developing a civic centre.

MDC adopts plan for 2019-20

The Masterton District Council has today adopted its Annual Plan outlining key projects and activities for the 2019-20 year.

MEDIA STATEMENT – Aircraft incident

Hood Aerodrome, owned and operated by Masterton District Council, is supporting police and emergency services following an aircraft incident near Masterton this morning.

Masterton families kept warm with Henley wood

A collaboration between Masterton’s community groups and the Masterton District Council is helping keep families warm while also increasing funding for charitable projects.

Bare beds behind us

Masterton’s northern entrance will be colourful once again with a fresh and modern garden bed design set to be planted later this month.

Council awards five-year contract to Higgins

Masterton District Council has awarded its Road Maintenance Contract to Higgins Contractors Limited. The contract, worth $33.8 million over five years, is due to start on 1 July 2019.

Council sells land for housing development

Masterton District Council has agreed to sell 30.78 hectares of land on the north-east edge of town.The land, bordering Gordon St and Kitchener St, commonly known as the Williams Block, has been purchased by Westwood Property Group Ltd for $2.4 million.

Mobile hoist improves access to pools

More people with a wider range of disabilities will be able to enjoy the swimming pools at the Trust House Recreation Centre thanks to a new mobile lifting hoist.

Masterton Council to procure own roading contract

Masterton District Council has decided to procure its own roading services contract managed independently rather than pursuing a shared service across the three Wairarpa councils at this time.

MEDIA STATEMENT – Henley Lake Fire

Yesterday (Thursday) Masterton District Council (MDC) was made aware of a controlled burn of Pampas Grass (a noxious weed) on the island at Henley Lake.

Masterton supermarkets go plastic bag free

Masterton supermarkets will turn their backs on single-use plastic bags at the checkout next Friday as part of an initiative with Masterton District Council.

Masterton’s iconic lakes at risk

The Masterton community is being urged to have its say on the future of the town’s two iconic lakes, which were key to it being named New Zealand’s most beautiful city.